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Tucson hiker found dead, hanging in rappelling gear and covered in bee stings

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When Johnson did not show up to work Monday, co-workers reported him missing to the Tucson Police Department.


Another failure to follow the Zero Essential.  

It may not have made a difference, but what if SAR had found him the first night he didn't return as expected, maybe he would have survived.
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what if SAR had found him the first night he didn't return as expected, maybe he would have survived.

In my case, longer than 20 minutes wouldn't have made any difference. With hundreds of stings, probably less than 5 minutes.


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Even so, it is still an all too often occurrence for SAR not to be contacted until after someone fails to return to work the following week.  The only reasons for such failures are;

1. They don't have any friends or relatives they can trust; or

2. They aren't knowledgeable enough about being prepared in the outdoors; or

3. they have some self-centered romantic notion about dying in the wilderness and no consideration for the people who will have to deal with their rotting carcass.
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Or he was pothunting and wanted to keep a low profile.

Rapelling with his dog left at the top of the ridge? Then he gets attacked by a colony? Seems like he poked into a hole for some reason or other.... artifact hunting would be one. Otherwise at the end of his rappell he's left his dog at the top of the ridge? Which struck me as odd.

Other parts of the country that  might not occur but being it's the Southwest there's some chance.
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Otherwise at the end of his rappel he's left his dog at the top of the ridge? Which struck me as odd.

Not arguing the "maybe pothunting" speculation since I'm not from 'round there, but leaving the dog at the top of the ridge might make sense if he'd have to go back up to retrieve gear. I don't know what he was rapping from, but it sure wouldn't be my pick of a way to go...

Note to self: scratch Tucson off the climbing destination list. :(
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Otherwise at the end of his rappel he's left his dog at the top of the ridge? Which struck me as odd.

Not arguing the "maybe pothunting" speculation since I'm not from 'round there, but leaving the dog at the top of the ridge might make sense if he'd have to go back up to retrieve gear. I don't know what he was rapping from, but it sure wouldn't be my pick of a way to go...

Note to self: scratch Tucson off the climbing destination list. :(

True, "sport rapelling" you want to retrieve your anchor gear.

The "hiker" part might have thrown me off as then you keep going, such as when descending a slot or whatever.

Rattlesnakes sunning themselves on ledges has been my occassional concern.... yeah I guess that now includes easily annoyed bees.
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